How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

Go to the Buoy Dashboard

From Instagram

Happy thanksgiving! Grateful for the Buoypop today (12/9) and hopeful for our high pressure to move on out. Also grateful for this fun outlet and piece of my life, thank you 🙏 #yeahbuoy #grateful

Happy thanksgiving! Grateful for the Buoypop today (12/9) and hopeful for our high pressure to move on out. Also grateful for this fun outlet and piece of my life, thank you 🙏 #yeahbuoy #grateful ...

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It’s a lot of pressure being under high pressure. It’s like a cruel joke, but not funny ha ha. Still fingers crossed for some action at the end of the month, we’ll see if this H gets out of dodge. In other news, Go Utes! That was a hell of a game on Saturday! See you in Vegas! #yeahbuoy

It’s a lot of pressure being under high pressure. It’s like a cruel joke, but not funny ha ha. Still fingers crossed for some action at the end of the month, we’ll see if this H gets out of dodge. In other news, Go Utes! That was a hell of a game on Saturday! See you in Vegas! #yeahbuoy ...

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So you’re hanging out with your pals the other day and wondering where the snow went and you realize that it’s all gone to the great white north. Time for a drink, but change is in the air…allegedly. #pitterpatterletsgetater #yeahbuoy

So you’re hanging out with your pals the other day and wondering where the snow went and you realize that it’s all gone to the great white north. Time for a drink, but change is in the air…allegedly. #pitterpatterletsgetater #yeahbuoy ...

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Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our country over the years. In the 1940s the 503rd parachute infrantry regiment sent soldiers to train in little cottonwood canyon. This pic has a familiar face in the background. The 503rd predates the 10th mountain division that many of us have heard of. Photo courtesy of @altaskiarea and original story from @adambagelboy. The more you know 💫#yeahbuoy #thankyouveterans

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our country over the years. In the 1940s the 503rd parachute infrantry regiment sent soldiers to train in little cottonwood canyon. This pic has a familiar face in the background. The 503rd predates the 10th mountain division that many of us have heard of. Photo courtesy of @altaskiarea and original story from @adambagelboy. The more you know 💫#yeahbuoy #thankyouveterans ...

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Today is live Pc give Pc, a day of giving in park city/ Wasatch back put on by @parkcitycf. It is a day to recognize and give back to organizations that may have affected your life, or definitely have affected other lives in a positive way. Have you ridden or hiked on trails in the Wasatch back? Wouldn’t  happen without @mtntrailspc. avalanche and snow safety? Wouldn’t happen without @utavy. Been to a free concert? @mountaintownmusic. And the list goes on and on. I have been involved with this day for the past 8 years, fortunate to have been the chair for 6 of the 8, and have a particular affinity for what this day is all about. The first year I was involved we raised $250k, last year we raised $3.5 million, we’ll see what today brings. We see a lot of division in the world around us, this is a day that reminds us about kindness and community. These are two things that we need more of these days. Link in profile, think of dropping a few bucks to some great organizations that do amazing things to help enrich people’s lives #yeahbuoy #livepcgivepc

Today is live Pc give Pc, a day of giving in park city/ Wasatch back put on by @parkcitycf. It is a day to recognize and give back to organizations that may have affected your life, or definitely have affected other lives in a positive way. Have you ridden or hiked on trails in the Wasatch back? Wouldn’t happen without @mtntrailspc. avalanche and snow safety? Wouldn’t happen without @utavy. Been to a free concert? @mountaintownmusic. And the list goes on and on. I have been involved with this day for the past 8 years, fortunate to have been the chair for 6 of the 8, and have a particular affinity for what this day is all about. The first year I was involved we raised $250k, last year we raised $3.5 million, we’ll see what today brings. We see a lot of division in the world around us, this is a day that reminds us about kindness and community. These are two things that we need more of these days. Link in profile, think of dropping a few bucks to some great organizations that do amazing things to help enrich people’s lives #yeahbuoy #livepcgivepc ...

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Buoypop! 11/11 on the calendar. There’s one between now and then on the 6th. I hope these all pull through so we keep the wheel turning and snow coming to avoid the same situation we had last year. #yeahbuoy

Buoypop! 11/11 on the calendar. There’s one between now and then on the 6th. I hope these all pull through so we keep the wheel turning and snow coming to avoid the same situation we had last year. #yeahbuoy ...

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Snowing up high, but snizzle out my window right now. #lightenup #allforfun

Snowing up high, but snizzle out my window right now. #lightenup #allforfun ...

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Incoming! #yeahbuoy 📈:u of u atmospheric sciences

Incoming! #yeahbuoy 📈:u of u atmospheric sciences ...

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A little snizzle in the hizzle on the front end. The main event is on the 25th, looking like 2-3’ at upper elevations by the 27th. Small buoypop out there today, would land around the 6th. #yeahbuoy

A little snizzle in the hizzle on the front end. The main event is on the 25th, looking like 2-3’ at upper elevations by the 27th. Small buoypop out there today, would land around the 6th. #yeahbuoy ...

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I don’t wanna jinx anything but it sure seems like someone’s been messing with the switch. it looks like our storm for the 25th is lining up as well for another refresh after this refresh. Check out @utavy Report from this morning before you go out, they also have some good insight into the 2004-2005 season that started off similarly. Off to Red rocks, stay safe and have fun. #yeahbuoy

I don’t wanna jinx anything but it sure seems like someone’s been messing with the switch. it looks like our storm for the 25th is lining up as well for another refresh after this refresh. Check out @utavy Report from this morning before you go out, they also have some good insight into the 2004-2005 season that started off similarly. Off to Red rocks, stay safe and have fun. #yeahbuoy ...

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Storm upgrade! And 25th starting to come into view. Run me out in the cold rain and snow 📈: university of Utah atmospheric sciences #yeahbuoy

Storm upgrade! And 25th starting to come into view. Run me out in the cold rain and snow 📈: university of Utah atmospheric sciences #yeahbuoy ...

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